President Muhammadu Buhari held what observers tagged an “emergency meeting” with three All Progressives Congress, APC, governors in the wake of a increased internal crisis in the ruling party.
The meeting was held hours after Buhari’s former ally Buba Galadima, former national secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), led some members of the APC to form a faction named as the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC).
The R-APC claims that the ruling party has been “a monumental disaster, worse than the government it replaced” — that of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The governors meeting with Buhari at the villa are Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State
Buba Galadima, the national chairman of the Reformed-All Progressives Congress, R-APC, has explained why aggrieved members of the ruling party broke away to form a new faction.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Galadima said APC was formed by a merger of some political parties based on the strong belief that Nigeria had come of age.
However, he lamented that the party, in power, has been “severely underperforming and unable to meet its potentials for good governance”.
Galadima noted that the Nigerian people entrusted power to the APC based on its promises and potentials, but he expressed sadness that “after more than three years of governance, our hopes have been betrayed, our expectations completely dashed”.
He said the APC has run a “rudderless, inept and incompetent government that has failed to deliver good governance to the Nigerian people” but has rather “imposed dictatorship, impunity, abuse of power, complete abdication of constitutional and statutory responsibilities, infidelity to the rule of law and constitutionalism”.
“It has failed to ensure the security and welfare of our people and elevated nepotism to unacceptable height. The APC has failed to deliver on its key promises to the nation,” Galadima added.
“There is no evidence of any political will to reverse the decline of our party, while leaders who have created these circumstances continue to behave as if Nigerians owe our party votes as a matter of right. The APC government, has been a monumental disaster, even worse than the government it replaced.”